Ian Stahl | These Secrets We Keep

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These Secrets We Keep

by Ian Stahl

Stahl's powerful voice and lyrics explore a different facet of our inner, secret selves by combining alternative rock with other influences like jazz and electronica throughout this four track EP.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
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1. Façades
3:19 album only
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2. The Lotus Eater
7:50 album only
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3. Stay
5:53 album only
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4. Far Away
4:12 album only
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Album Notes
The title, "These Secrets We Keep" binds this group of songs together. Each song explores a different facet of the inner, secret self and how that person interacts with the world at large. They speak of a similar subject although they do so in different musical languages or genres. "Façades" portrays the reactions to a betrayal of trust, channeled through its punk-like drum pattern and heavy electric and bass guitars (both recorded through a Marshall half-stack for the extra punch). This track is the only one that was tracked in the recording studio. I played every instrument except keyboards, which were recorded by Ben Muller. The rest of the album was tracked at Amherst College on Feb. 7th, 2014, with the group I put together for my senior music composition thesis. With Ben Muller on keyboards, Jamie Sandel on bass, and Mike Vuona on drums, we blended rock sounds with the jazz improvisational mindset and created "The Lotus Eater," with lyrics inspired by Homer's Odyssey. In its current state, the recording features full length solos from the live performance from every member of the group though it may be edited down to a radio-appropriate length. "The Lotus Eater" is an exploration of poly rhythms and unusual song structure until the solo section where we return to a familiar time signature and tonality. "Stay" speaks of the secret space that lovers create and their desire to hide away from the outside world together. The chorus of the song finds that space and though it cannot last forever, it provides a respite from the song's unusual meter of seven four. "Far Away" is written about the place inside your heart where you hold those you've lost. This song has a Celtic, folky flavor and features acoustic piano and then a string quartet during the second half of the song. The strings, combined with the the big sound of the 12-string guitar, have the full sound that I needed to build the dynamically huge second verse and chorus. The song then comes to a close with a vocal trio that reinvents and re-contextualizes the lyrics. The end is meant to be positive instead of mournful and leaves the listener with the idea that you must simply wait with the knowledge that you will see your loved ones every time you visit that secret place within your heart. Though these four tracks progress through separate worlds they are tied together by the instrumentation, my lyrics, and my compositional style.

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